Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest NP in Croatia, founded in 1949, it was added to UNESCO  world sites in 1979. It covers 73,350 acres/ 296 km2. There are 16 surface lakes interconnected by flowing water which forms multiple waterfalls. The lakes are separated by natural travertine dams.  There are several trails which take from 2 hours to 8 hours to complete the circuit. A small river boat crosses one of the lakes and is included in the admission price as is the shuttle bus which returns you near the #1 Entrance. Paths range from semi-paved to packed earth to logs, which can get slippery with the mist. I spent 9 hours wandering and didn't get to the highest lake but enjoyed seeing everything at a slow pace. I had read that you can get through the park in a half day but I couldn't imagine spending so little time in this amazing place.The park is very popular and the trails can be packed with groups but I was able to wait a few minutes for them to push past and then I had the paths to myself until the next group hurried by. In addition to the water features, there are flowers and critters to look for.

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